Survey: Government Not Doing Great Job of Providing Useful Data

Few people think that government agencies are doing a "great job" of providing useful data, according to a new Pew Research Center survey in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, but a majority said the Obama Administration's Open Government initiative may help journalists better keep tabs on that process.

According to a survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults, 56% said that government data can help journalists cover government more thoroughly.

There is an even split (49%) on whether making government data public can improve services.


Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.